London Live Dates – Noah & The Whale, Lightspeed Champion, The Big Pink & more

There’s been a bevy of exciting, forthcoming London live dates announced recently – and here they are:

Noah & The Whale
Pioneers of graceful, gorgeous shoegaze epics that refuse to leave your aural memory, Noah & The Whale will be performing what sounds like a very special set at Pure Groove records with a “full string section” in support.  Quite how many performers can fit on that tiny stage remains to be seen, but it promises to be quite a show.  This being Pure Groove, it’ll be free.
Mon 24 August – Pure Groove, Farringdon (details here – scroll down about halfway)
Noah & The Whale on MySpace
MP3: Noah & The Whale – The First Days Of Spring (zSHARE)


Lightspeed Champion
Much less has been seen or heard of Lightspeed these last 12 months after his break-out year in 2008, but he surely remains an engaging performer, and those old catchy songs with their sawdust sound still delight.  Moreover, I’d imagine he’ll be playing oodles of new stuff, and some fabulously inventive covers like the raucous fiddle & filthy strings version of MJ’s classic available below.
Fri 28 August – The Relentless Garage, Highbury & Islington (tickets here)
Lightspeed Champion on MySpace
MP3: Lightspeed Champion – Thriller (Live) (zSHARE)

Peter, Bjorn & John
The original Scandi popsters are on tour to promote their most recent album, Living Thing, which, from the little I’ve heard, offers more of the same: catchy pop with dainty loops and hangdog beats leading to livewire choruses.   These guys have a HUGE following now, so tickets will disappear before you can say we don’t care about the young folks.
Thurs 01 October – Electric Ballroom, Camden (tickets here)
Peter, Bjorn & John on MySpace
MP3: Peter, Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About (zSHARE)

Zoot Woman
A little-known but very worthy and talented band, Zoot Woman produce a sort of moddish indie, all recurring rhythms, electro fizzle and the beguiling vocals of Johnny Blake.  They remind me slightly of Three Colours Red, but on a weirder, dancier tangent.
Mon 5 October – Dingwalls, Camden (tickets here)
Zoot Woman on MySpace
MP3: Zoot Woman – It’s Automatic (zSHARE)

The Rest
Sometimes sounding fiddly and fey like Placebo and sometimes like the most heavenly angels, The Rest’s low-key indie is as captivating as it’s capricious. They should thus be perfectly suited to the OBL’s intimate upstairs room, where anything seems to delightfully go.
Mon 12 October – The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
Tues 13 October – The Dublin Castle, Camden
The Rest on MySpace
MP3: The Rest – Apples & Allergies (zSHARE)

The Big Pink
A pretty post-rock band that I bigged up ahead of Field Day only to miss their show like a regular pillock.  At a guess I’d say their lavish soundscapes would sound better in an intimate venue and the Electric Ballroom’s definitely that.
Thurs 22 October – Electric Ballroom, Camden (tickets here)
The Big Pink on MySpace
MP3: The Big Pink – Tooyoungtolove (zSHARE)

The Dodos
If you’re into good old-fashioned guitar licking, soft and seductive melodies and honest songwriting, The Dodos are for you.  They’re also for many people, though, so you’ll need to move quickly to get tickets for this one.  Mind you, Scala’s never short of a tout or two if you do fancy leaving it to the last minute.  Failing that, they’re also playing in Pure Groove for 30 mins on Thurs 3 September.
Sun 15 November – The Scala, King’s Cross (tickets here)
The Dodos on MySpace
MP3: The Dodos – Red & Purple (zSHARE)


~ by ripamel on 14/08/2009.

One Response to “London Live Dates – Noah & The Whale, Lightspeed Champion, The Big Pink & more”

  1. Awesome, I may go to the Noah & The Whale gig!

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